Liven Up Your Lawn This Winter

Lawns look fantastic in the yard, they bring greenery and life to the space and last all year round with the right care. Aside from regular cuts in the Summer there’s not much you need to do to keep them looking nice, however with the cold and rainy season on the way there are a few ways you can keep your lawn at its best. Here are some of them.

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Clean Up Edges
Over time, your lawn may lose it’s nice straight edges due to kids and pets running over them, mowing over them, and turning over your flower beds. So every once in a while it pays to even everything out, get the edges nice and tidy for the best finish. Be careful that you’re not taking off so much grass that your lawn is getting smaller while your beds are getting bigger. You could use a lawn maintenance service to come and landscape it or tidy everything up for you if needed. That way you start off with a clean and tidy patch of lawn from the get-go.

Remove Thatch

If you have pets urinating on your lawn, or the summer’s weather has been particularly hot this year, you’re likely to notice patches of dry grass known as thatch throughout your lawn. To get it looking nice again, you need to ‘scarify’ it, which is the process of removing it with a thatch rake. Getting rid of this allows you to rake the ground and sprinkle down some grass seed. This needs to be done before the first frost of the year or the seeds won't germinate and the young grass seedlings will die.

Get Rid of Leaves
Many people mistakenly leave fallen leaves on their grass thinking it will nourish it. However the reality is, leaf litter that’s left can go rotten and cause a growth in bacteria and fungus. Use a rake or leaf blower to remove as many as you can, then put them onto your compost heap since they’re full of nutrients that will rot down to make great compost.

Aerate
Soil can get compacted, if people have walked over it (especially when it's been wet). It can clump together and become difficult to drain. This is a problem over Winter when it’s raining more. While grass can be submerged for a while before dying, eventually it does kill it. If you get a garden fork and prick holes into the ground, this can prevent flooding.

Fertilize
At this time of year, you should  feed your lawn with an autumn fertilizer which is high in potash (containing water-soluble potassium) and phosphates. These chemicals will help the development of healthy roots. This is essential, as it’s root rather than leaf growth that grass needs to survive the Winter. If you use a Summer feed you will encourage grass to produce leafy growth which is easily damaged during the frost and can kill off your grass. This soft leaf growth is also vulnerable to disease and will do much more harm than it will good.

These are some of the ways that you can get your grass ready for Winter.


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